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Watson would slightly be vice captain than participant at Presidents Cup – NEWPAPER24

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2018-12-05 18:47:30


Bubba Watson desires to be part of the U.S. staff at subsequent yr’s Presidents Cup, however possibly not fairly how everybody anticipated.

Per the Related Press’ Doug Ferguson, Watson is seeking to tackle extra of a management position slightly than a enjoying one on the staff occasion.

“I’ve been bugging Mr. Tiger Woods about being a vice captain for Australia,” Watson mentioned, in response to the Related Press. “I might love the distinction of doing that once more. The rationale why is I really feel like I can service. For me personally, I’ve extra enjoyment serving 12 guys than enjoying.”

That’s positively not bluster, as Watson made it clear how a lot it meant to be a vice captain of the U.S. squad on the 2016 Ryder Cup after being snubbed for a captain’s decide.

Watson has beforehand performed on two Presidents Cup groups, posting a 5-3-2 document within the course of.

“(Tiger) says, ‘It is advisable be enjoying.’ I mentioned, ‘Look, man, we’ve by no means received a Ryder Cup with me enjoying, however we’ve received once I wasn’t enjoying. So me and it is advisable to be captain and vice captains,’” Watson mentioned. “That’s our joke. I’ve informed him, ‘Hear, I’ll do something that can assist you if you’d like me. In the event you don’t, that’s superb.’”

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Honors hold rolling in for Molinari, the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months – NEWPAPER24

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Honors hold rolling in for Molinari, the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months

2018-12-10 13:43:34


Francesco Molinari capped off the season of his life by profitable the 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months award.

It’s one more first in a 12 months of firsts for the 36-year-old. He grew to become the primary Italian to win the celebrated award in the identical 12 months he was the primary Italian main winner together with his British Open victory at Carnoustie. And he completed the season as European No. 1, changing into the primary from his nation to high the cash record, the Race to Dubai.

Molinari represented his nation effectively on the PGA Tour, too – he grew to become the primary Italian winner on that circuit by profitable the Quicken Loans Nationwide. He additionally led Europe to victory within the Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris by changing into the primary European to win 5 out of a potential 5 factors within the biennial match.

“It’s a enormous honor to be named the Hilton European Golfer of the 12 months,” Molinari mentioned. “So many nice names have earned this honor, and I really feel proud to affix them. It’s an award meaning lots to me, and it’s a pleasant strategy to finish a really particular 12 months.

“Clearly profitable The Open at Carnoustie, changing into my nation’s first main winner, was unbelievable. To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be a part of that Ryder Cup group was wonderful. I’ll at all times look again on this season and be happy with what occurred.”

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Francesco Molinari: Open champion named European Tour Golfer of the 12 months – NEWPAPER24

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Francesco Molinari: Open champion named European Tour Golfer of the 12 months

2018-12-10 13:06:01

Molinari helped Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup at Le Golf Nationwide in Paris, beating the USA 17½-10½

Open Champion Francesco Molinari has been named European Tour Golfer of the 12 months.

The 36-year-old Italian was a hero of Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the US at Le Golf Nationwide in September.

Molinari additionally gained the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, holding off Rory McIlroy to safe victory.

Nevertheless it was his triumph two months later at Carnoustie that set him other than his different European Tour rivals.

Molinari was the primary participant from the house staff to win all 5 matches within the Ryder Cup.

He was unflappably immaculate in a bogey-free remaining spherical 69 as he repelled a top quality chasing pack that included enjoying associate Tiger Woods, McIlroy, Justin Rose and US star Xander Schauffele.

After claiming that first main title, Molinari went on to safe the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title to cap the most effective yr of his profession.

“It’s a large honour to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the 12 months,” he mentioned.

“So many nice names have earned this honour and I really feel very proud to hitch them.

“It’s an award which means so much to me and is a pleasant technique to finish a really particular yr. Profitable at Wentworth, in one in all our greatest occasions, gave me lots of confidence for the summer season.”

“However clearly profitable the Open at Carnoustie, turning into my nation’s first main champion, was unimaginable.

“To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be a part of that European Ryder Cup staff in France was wonderful. I am going to all the time look again on this season and be happy with what occurred.”

European Tour Chief Government, Keith Pelley, mentioned: “It’s proper that we pay particular tribute to Francesco Molinari who repeatedly made historical past this yr.

“Francesco isn’t just an outstanding golfer, he is an excellent particular person too and all through this season he constantly reminded us what a powerful ambassador he’s for our sport.”

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LET golf schedule stays in limbo, leaving gamers in quandary – NEWPAPER24

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2018-12-09 22:26:38


For the second yr in a row, gamers will journey to the Girls European Tour Qualifying Faculty extra in hope than expectation. In additional methods than one.

The 2019 LET Qualifying Faculty is scheduled Dec. 16-20 in Morocco. As soon as once more, these gamers who earn one of many 25 playing cards don’t know what number of tournaments they are going to play subsequent yr. The LET has but to publish its 2019 schedule.

It value $1,450 to enter this yr’s Q-Faculty. Think about getting your dream job and having no thought the place, when and if you happen to’ll be working?

There have been simply 15 occasions on this yr’s LET schedule. Two of these – the $3.25 million Ricoh Ladies’s British Open and $3.85 million Evian Championship – had been majors and principally out of attain for many Q-Faculty grads. The $1.5 million Aberdeen Customary Investments Girls Scottish Open is actually an LPGA occasion and likewise is off-limits to most Q-Faculty grads. In different phrases, those that earned playing cards had been enjoying in low-purse occasions.

By low purses we’re speaking between a low of $140,000 for the Jabra Girls Open to $500,000 for the Hero Ladies’s Indian Open. The primary 4 occasions on this yr’s schedule had been co-sanctioned with the Australian Girls Skilled Golf Tour. Two of these had been price simply over $100,000. You don’t need to be a math genius to work out that touring to, and lodging in, Australia isn’t low cost. Even a top-10 end in these occasions might depart gamers taking a loss on the week.

The LET acquired a blow just lately with the announcement that the richest of these 4 occasions, the $470,000 Oates Vic Open, has ditched the LET in favor of the LPGA for its 2019 occasion.

The LET continues to be reeling from Ivan Khodabakhsh’s disastrous four-year reign as chief govt. The previous World Boxing Collection CEO was discharged from his submit after seven occasions dropped off the 2017 LET schedule to scale back it to simply 16 tournaments. There have been 24 tournaments in 2012, and 28 as just lately as 9 years in the past.

Throughout final yr’s Ricoh Ladies’s British Open, English legend Laura Davies referred to as on the LET to up its recreation. She referred to as for “15 actually good European occasions – and I’m not speaking €200,000 occasions, as a result of nobody is earning money on €200,000. It must be 400, 500, €600,000.

“It’s not good, is it? We’ve not received sufficient tournaments to play, and I really feel sorry for all of the younger women.”

Which may have been an choice had the LET taken a $6 million funding from the European Tour, R&A and LPGA. That cash was supplied in September 2017 and would have gone an extended option to realizing Davies’ dream of 15 actually good tournaments.

The LET turned it down as a result of the board didn’t need to cede management to the LPGA.

“Clearly they simply need to have a spot due to the Symetra (Tour) being so overfull,” mentioned Helen Alfredsson, the LET’s participant president. “They simply wished one other place for gamers to get playing cards.

“That’s why we thought it wasn’t a viable choice.”

It may not have been an excellent choice for Alfredsson and the LET board, however European gamers would have welcomed the initiative. They don’t actually care who runs the tour; they simply need as many enjoying alternatives as attainable.

LET chairman Mark Lichtenhein prompt throughout this yr’s Ladies’s British Open that the LET might have 22-23 occasions subsequent yr. Lichtenhein has a great deal of contacts all through Europe from his time working for the European Tour, however going from 15 this yr to 22 or 23 subsequent season appears overly optimistic. Most LET gamers most likely would accept stability after just a few disastrous years.

Q-Faculty grads will hope to go away Morocco with optimistic information. Step one can be to inform them what tournaments are on subsequent yr’s LET schedule. Gwk

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